The Trouble with Tulip (Smart Chick Series #1)

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Josephine Tulip is definitely a smart chick, a twenty-first century female MacGyver who writes a helpful hints column and solves mysteries in her spare time. Her best friend, Danny, is a talented photographer who longs to succeed in his career...perhaps a cover photo on National Geographic?

When Jo's next-door neighbor is accused of murder, Jo realizes the police have the wrong suspect. As she and Danny analyze clues, follow up on leads, and fall in and out of trouble, she ...

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Overview

Josephine Tulip is definitely a smart chick, a twenty-first century female MacGyver who writes a helpful hints column and solves mysteries in her spare time. Her best friend, Danny, is a talented photographer who longs to succeed in his career...perhaps a cover photo on National Geographic?

When Jo's next-door neighbor is accused of murder, Jo realizes the police have the wrong suspect. As she and Danny analyze clues, follow up on leads, and fall in and out of trouble, she recovers from a broken heart and he discovers that he has feelings for her. Will Danny have the courage to reveal them, or will he continue to hide them behind a façade of friendship?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736914857
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Series: Smart Chick Series, #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 800,073
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books, which include the popular Smart Chick Mysteries, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon. In addition, Mindy?s plays and musicals have been featured in schools and churches across the United States.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    Move over Martha Stewart⿦

    The Trouble With Tulip is a mystery story written with just the right amount of humor. Josephine Tulip has â¿¿inheritedâ¿ her grandmotherâ¿¿s household hint newspaper column. Josephine is purported to have an answer to all any problems. The contemporary problems are not the same ones her grandmother answered. The tension runs high when relatives arrive for Joâ¿¿s wedding, which never takes place. Jo might unknowingly have some information concerning a murder. Photographer Danny, her best friend, asks her to assist in investigating the murder. This expertly written story will bring laughs to your day. Mindy Starns Clark is an extremely talented author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2007

    Great fun!

    Mindy Starns Clark has delivered a funny, witty story with an unforgettable character. Josephine Tulip struggles to keep her grandmother's hint column alive, dealing with issues of the modern woman. When a neighbor winds up dead, confusing the police with the abundance of shower caps, tomato juice and cucumber paste, Jo is called in to advise. Reeling from the shock of being stood up at the altar, Jo dives in to solve the case with her bestfriend, Danny. Eternal life, empty promises, the search for love, a dog who loves throw pillows...all these and more make up this delightful and suspenseful read. I recommend Mindy's books to anyone who enjoys a quirky heroine and a sweet love story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    funny, quipy

    this was funny, the tenstion between Tulip and her man is a page turner. Great plot, cool myster. I didn't even expect the murderer to be who it was! It shocked me. Ending is a pager turner, too. Gun point and all! Besides tulip's clean freakness being out-of-date, i loved everything about this book. Good read on an airplane.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2012

    Great Read!!!

    This book was great!! I can't wait to start the rest of the series!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Martha Stewart meets Nancy Drew

    Jo Tulip has just been jilted at the altar and been involved in murder investigation, all in the same day. Her best friend Danny (who's secretly in love with her) gets Jo to come to the crime scene of an elderly woman who turns up mysteriously dead in her own home. The police rule it as an accident but with Jo's knack for household tips, she discovers it to be a murder. Theft, fraud, the deceiving of old ladies, and alchemy all come into play to as Jo and Danny try to discover the truth about really happened. This was my first Mindy Starns Clark book and I really got a kick out of it. I loved all the household advice spread throughout the novel. Very interesting techniques given how to combat any home problem. I have yet to try out any but I may do so in the future. The murder investigation was really gutsy of Jo to do it mostly by herself. There were a lot of twists I wasn't expecting. I really Jo's character. I do hope we get a full confrontation with Bradford. The guy is a jerk. She should be happy she didn't marry him, what a wimp. I also hope Jo can work out her relationship with her parents. It'll also be interesting to see how Jo's and Danny's future will work itself out. I really liked the letters from the advice column. I found it funny that the writers of the letters always seemed to be clueless about the situations they were writing about. I guess housewives from back then really were in the dark? Great book, great mystery, and good fun read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Smart amateur sleuth

    In Mulberry Glen, Pennsylvania Josephine ¿Jo¿ Tulip writes syndicated newspaper column 'Tips from Tulip' that provides advice on all sorts of household matters. However, no one not even her grandma who ran the column before her warned or gave any practical guidance to Jo on how to deal with an invasion of relatives arriving for her upcoming marriage to Bradford Bosworth. Though tomorrow is the gala, a wide awake nervous Jo decides to jog though her clock displays 11:48 that is PM. On her run through the deserted streets, she hears an angry loud voice coming from Edna Pratt's home, but keeps on trotting. --- The next morning Jo's best friend photographer Danny Watkins is taking crime scene photos of a dead Edna in which the police can't identify a solution inside a bucket standing near the corpse. Danny calls Jo to see if she can identify the liquid Jo immediately runs over to Edna¿s home to help. While the police assume suicide by strange chemical means, Jo and Danny believe murder occurred. They begin to investigate and soon learn some odd things about the victim and her brother. --- Because of the strong cast fully developed with flaws, fans of Mindy Starns Clark¿s wonderful million dollar mysteries and amateur sleuth readers will enjoy her first 'Smart Chick Mystery'. The key is the characters starting with the bride, her photo partner, the groom, and their respective families including the dog. The who-done-it is cleverly developed with a light sense of humor mostly provided by the heroine as she and her cohort struggle to persuade the police that the queen of solutions know better than the professionals when it comes to the neighbor¿s corpse. ---Harriet Klausner

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